Unique Vision of the Study of Torah

In 5770 (2009) six gifted avreichim were handpicked to become part of a new vision, the first of its kind ever in klal Yisroel, to train and develop Shas Yiden! Traditionally, the title Shas Yid has been one of rare distinction - someone who has truly ‘mastered’ the entire Talmud. The founder and Nasi of the program, Harav Avraham Halevi Eisen, the Pozna Rov, shlit”a, wanted Shas Yiden to become a central feature of the Torah-world landscape, and he has succeeded. In just seven years, Shas Yiden is acclaimed by the leading gaonim and talmidei chachomim.

Entire Shas Once-a-Year

A center was established in Eretz Yisroel. A unique and carefully structured program was developed to guide systematic annual study of the entire Shas with the aim of knowing Torah she’be’al peh – be’al peh (by heart). The talmidei chachomim would be paid respectable stipends to help relieve them of pressing financial worries so that they could dedicate themselves each and every day of the year to the study of Talmud Bavli. They would sit for regular detailed tests – oral and in writing – given by leading scholars in the Torah world. They would have a Kinyan (bond) with, and detailed knowledge of, every single page of the Talmud.

Remarkable Growth

Since its inception, the group of scholars has grown steadily. Each is an exceptional scholar with a keen intellect, and they represent the best of the Torah community of our day. While the talmidei chachomim hail from across the Torah community spectrum – Litvish, Chassidish, Ashkenazim and Sefardim - they have one aim - to know the entire Shas comprehensively by heart. While there are many applicants to join the program, acceptance is only after a two-month trial period of maintaining the very demanding daily regimen and rigorous examinations of 450 blatt (Talmud folios). Even though the study of the Talmud has grown in popularity throughout the Jewish world and many thousands participate in the Daf Hayomi and attend the siyum of the seven-year Shas study cycle, finding a true Shas Yid continues to be a rarity.

“I know well [the talmidei chachomim] are dedicated in their learning and utilize their time in an exceptional manner – every available moment.”

Maran Hagaon Hagadol Harav Yosef Sholom Elyashiv zt”l

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